I see this quite a bit, agents that get burned out and just kind of go thru the motions of providing security. Security agents aren’t super humans that can go on for days on end. They also just flat out get bored. Static security watches can be really taxing on the mind. You have a lot of time to think and contemplate your next move. And your next move is always getting off watch as soon as possible. Watches are fulfilling and exciting when the threat is high and there is real danger. Fortunately most watches CONUS are not high threat. Most are deterrence based. Some things that can make a watch more doable are:
- Give your Teams clear and concise post orders
- Rotate them often and give them their allotted breaks
- For longer contracts consider a 6 month rotation or 4.
- Stick to a consistent schedule so that agents can plan for personal time with family
- Pay your agents well
- Give your agents incentives for improving their qualifications
- Instill a good physical fitness culture
- Spend at least once a week talking to your agents alone and see how you can improve conditions or the environment
- Make them feel they can always come to your for issues and always make yourself available.
These are just a few things off the top of my head.
I am a gun guy, not a “Gun Nut” but a gun guy. I have been around weapons my whole adult life and am very capable and safety conscious. I train regularly and take care of my guns.
In some areas there is no question about having an armed agent around your principle. Those areas are locations where historically carjacking at gunpoint and kidnappings for ransom are high. In most of these locations unfortunately if your principle is taken there is a good chance they’ll get killed anyway so be prepared. If this is the case you need to be aware of these requirements:
- Is my agent proficient with his weapon?
- Can we (US) carry in this location?
- Which local nationals can carry in this location?
- Have I seen his credentials?
- What experience does my LN have in doing EP work?
Let’s not just get an armed guy and assume he’ll be able to get your Principle to safety or keep him safe. Although there are many great LNs. out there, unfortunately some are not trained as well and as much on weapons manipulation and safety. Bullets, range time, licensing, and weapons cost more in these areas and are hard to come by.
Ultra high net worth individuals and key persons in Corporate always warrant armed security. Even though good opsec may be in place you can have wrong place at the right time to be a factor.
In some areas on the border that are highly trafficked by US personnel, low incidence areas, daytime travellers, I would go without an armed agent, low profile vehicle in and out. No night time outings, staying in known areas etc…
Some Corporations absolutely demand it. Some do not and always want to go with the minimum. It is our job as a safety provider to educate them and make them aware of all pros and cons. Don’t take a job if you believe the client is trying to steer you a certain way. Give them the facts and the reasons and they will most likely understand your point. Also don’t put your own team at risk just to get the work. Saludos and be safe out there.
JG CEO-Eagle Eye Inc.
For the past 15 years I have been brokering, buying, selling and renting Armor. When clients ask me if they need Armor I always hesitate to just blurt out yes. Times have changed and so have the threats, not to mention enemy TTPs. These are some of the factors I consider when recommending or denying armor requests.
- What geographic area will they be visiting or operating in? What are past and current threats in the AO?
- Who is traveling? CEO, his family?
- What vehicles do I have at my disposal and do they fit into the AO?
- Are soft/low profile vehicles better suited?
- Does the person(s) traveling have a history of security problems, past incidences, current threat on him or herself?
- Is this individual a Key man or woman at his or her organization?
Ask yourself these questions before you roger up to thousands of dollars in budget increases. Saludos. JG CEO – Eagle Eye Inc.